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2,000 Miles
"2,000 Miles" By Jaci Larson
5:28

2,000 Miles

Two years ago, filmmaker Jaci moved from Utah to New York in hopes it would be an adventure. Through words, images and music, she creates a juxtaposition of two very different worlds. She realizes she misses the simple things and maybe New York isn’t the type of adventure she wanted after all.

Spring 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
72 Hours: A Love Story?
"72 Hours: A Love Story?" By Bilal Ndongo
9:03

72 Hours: A Love Story?

A one-sided love story? the funniest kind.

Spring 2013

Identity
Sex & Relationships
A Film by Jasmin Ortiz
A Film by Jasmin Ortiz
2:19

A Film by Jasmin Ortiz

Jasmin takes us on a Psychedelic trip into a dream.

Identity
A Girl Like Me
"A Girl Like Me" By Kiri Davis
7:16

A Girl Like Me

Do different standards of beauty impact the ideas and self-image of young black woman? A young filmmaker discovers the impact of racism on the lives of young black teens and realizes that very little has changed since the Civil Rights era.

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
A Journey to the Unknown
"A Journey to the Unkown" By Lizbeth Meija
6:17

A Journey to the Unknown

A filmmaker follows two friends who both find themselves pregnant at 15. One has the baby, the other doesn’t.

Spring 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
A Look Through My Eyes
"A Look Through My Eyes" By Shalaun Nelson
5:02

A Look Through My Eyes

Shalaun and her siblings have been in foster care for most of their lives. Now 16, she tries to make sense of the events that tore her family apart and faces the difficult question of whether to let her father back into her life.

Fall 2009

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
A Matter of Speaking
A Matter of Speaking by Monet Massac
9:49

A Matter of Speaking

As a bright young Hailey prepares for her valedictorian speech, an entitled classmate plots against her.

Identity
Narrative Lab 2017
A Million Light Years From Home
"A Million Light Years From Home" by Sergio Montiel
6:05

A Million Light Years From Home

I was born in Paraguay, at the heart of South America. My journey has taken me to the other extreme of this graceful continent, and for five years now, I’ve lived in New York. My film reflects my feelings and experiences gathered throughout my life. It is a closer look to the different influences of living in both these places, and how they have shaped me into the person I am today.

Fall 2005

Identity
Immigration
A Quarter Past Two
"A Quarter Past Two" By Jada Ferguson
6:57

A Quarter Past Two

In this film, Jada focuses on her anxiety, hoping that people will get a better sense at what it’s like living with her biggest flaw. Using poetry and impressionistic camerawork, we see her struggles through her perspective.

Spring 2013

Identity
A-Yo
A-Yo by Ashley Green
7:46

A-Yo

In this film, Ashley discusses her love of K-Pop and how it helps her escape from all of her problems. Even if its her parents divorce.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
A.R.T.
A.R.T. by Jada Ferguson
10:24

A.R.T.

A girl who has created her own secluded euphoria suddenly realizes it’s not enough.

2015 Master Lab Films
Identity
Art Is...
"Art Is..." by Jackie Gonèze
6:35

Art Is...

A young filmmaker searches for art in expected and unexpected places.

Identity
Ask the Question
"Ask The Question" by Marquis Greggs
5:03

Ask the Question

A short student film about the changing New York City public school system.

Identity
At Risk
"At Risk" By Will Quinones
7:47

At Risk

Cutting school became an addiction for Will. But when a brush with death leads him to return to school, he finds it harder than he expected.

Spring 2005

Drugs & Abuse
Identity
Battle With Myself
"Battle with Myself" By Jason Ortiz Spring 2013
6:20

Battle With Myself

Jason Ortiz Directed By
Jason Ortiz

A story about marijuana addiction and the struggles that come with it. Being a recovering smoker, filmmaker Jason Ortiz gives insight on what marijuana addiction is really about.

Spring 2013

Drugs & Abuse
Identity
Between Us and The Law
"Between us and The Law" By Ferrod Liles
6:48

Between Us and The Law

Ferrod Liles Directed By
Ferrod Liles

Ferrod Liles speaks to the responsibilities facing young men without father figures in their lives and his growing interest in law enforcement.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Beyond The Block
"Beyond The Block " By Daquan Herring
6:00

Beyond The Block

Daquan profiles his two friends Evan and Rico – two young artists striving to overcome circumstance and heartbreak in hopes their talent will one day carry them “Beyond the Block.”

Spring 2012

Identity
Beyond The Flip
"Beyond The Flip" by Phillip A. Blount
7:07

Beyond The Flip

Some see skateboarding as a crime. Filmmaker Philip Blount sees it as a freedom of expression and a way to identify yourself in society. Beyond the Flip demonstrates how passionate skateboarders are about their craft and the obstacles they face for being misunderstood.

Identity
Beyond The Paper
"Beyond the Paper" By Sierra Pierce
6:33

Beyond The Paper

Film maker Sierra Pierce shows us her journey of learning how to play the piano.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Black and White in the City of Lights
"Black and White in the City of Lights" By Hazkel Brown
4:48

Black and White in the City of Lights

Hazkel didn’t want to leave his life in Costa Rica to move to the US. He reflects on how hard it was to transition to a new country, to feel isolated and suddenly uncertain about his identity. Through art, filmmaking and sports, Hazkel develops a strong sense of self and finds a new community and home.

Spring 2012

Identity
Breaking the Silence
"Breaking the Silence" By Shaniece Bouldin
6:01

Breaking the Silence

A teenage girl reflects on her childhood confronting haunting moments within her home.

Spring 2010

Drugs & Abuse
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Breaking the Silence
"Breaking the Silence" by Shaniece Bouldin
6:01

Breaking the Silence

A teenage girl reflects on her childhood confronting haunting moments within her home.

Identity
Brown Genes
Brown Genes by Rebecca Suber
5:19

Brown Genes

A filmmaker takes a journey to understand family dynamics – and discovers the nuances of colorism.

Identity
Spring 2017 Lab Documentaries
Built For The Storm
"Built For The Storm" by Aurora Hayes
8:03

Built For The Storm

Life with multiple sclerosis (MS) isn’t easy, especially when you’re thrown into it at the age of 17. Facing these new life challenges, Aurora Hayes finds optimism through determination, strength, and a strong support system.

Mentors: Lauren Fritz and Emma Aristil

Identity
Changing Faces
"Changing Faces" by Brentol Adams
8:08

Changing Faces

This is the story of a young black male who is struggling with lying. Because of personal reasons, he makes the effort to start lying less; but people keep expecting the worst of him. He is trying to change but people don’t believe he can do it. He comes face to face with himself in an effort to understand why the mask he puts on for the world is ultimately sabotaging him; and hopes he can change it.

Mentor: Andy Watts

Identity
Chrysalis
Chrysalis by Crystal del Valle
9:33

Chrysalis

Filmmaker Crystal del Valle chronicles the transformation of a young girl who begins life as a victim, to emerge as a survivor.

Identity
Spring 2017 Lab Documentaries
Civil War Sickness
Civil War Sickness By Isa Gueye
13:30

Civil War Sickness

A look into the life of someone recovering from an eating disorder and their examination into the functioning of their disease, how it developed, and what kept it alive.

Identity
Clay Life
"Clay Life" By Robert Yulfo
4:56

Clay Life

A self-taught, gifted animator, Robert knows he has a brilliant career ahead of him. But as a kid from the projects of Red Hook, that gift comes with a large and somewhat painful price.

Spring 2002

Identity
Creationism
"Creationism" by Jamaal Jeanty
8:35

Creationism

The artist’s life is a tough road and can lead to bitter disappointment, but Jamaal, his brother and their friends understand the need to create for the sake of enjoyment, and not just to find success through a main stream lense.

Mentor: Katherine Cheairs

Identity
Departure From a Love
"Departure from a Love" By Ishmael Islam
9:09

Departure From a Love

A Brooklyn boy writes a love letter of departure for his lady, which in reality is his birthplace and hometown. Upon walking to a mailbox, the young man becomes entranced by her beauty, and embarks on a journey that visualizes how he views his true love and how important she is to his being. Home is where your heart is, and his will always reside in Brooklyn.

Fall 2008

Identity
Devil Child
Devil Child By Samuel Graham
8:48

Devil Child

Why does metal mean so much to me? Metal saved me. So how am I a devil child?

Identity
Double Standard
"Double Standard" By Tibian Ahmed
8:55

Double Standard

After September 11, 2001 the War on Terror started and with it the face of terror changed. Tibian Ahmed is a muslim girl who has had to deal with people thinking ill of her because of a group of radical terrorist that she has no relationship to. Just like many people of her religion in America, she faces those who would call her a terrorist instead of a person.

Fall 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Immigration
Driving With Jimmy
Driving With Jimmy by Tamahl Rahaman
7:57

Driving With Jimmy

Tamahl has lived with his stepfather, Jimmy, for seven years. But he never took the time to get to know him. Memory, identity and a question of love haunt this moving exploration of the complex relationships inside one family.

Fall 2003

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Evolution of the Hill
"Evolution of the Hill" By Samori Amir Toure
8:21

Evolution of the Hill

What is the natural course of evolution in a neighborhood? Whats is the fine line between economic growth and maintaining the character and fabric of a community? This film explores the battle of gentrification that is taking place in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and beyond. When examining the tension that exists between land developers and residents who can now no longer afford to live in their own neighborhood. The question to ask is: is it evolution or a process of un-natural selection?

Identity
Society & Politics
Flourescent Adolescent
Flourescent Adolescent by Samuel Schachter
6:13

Flourescent Adolescent

A teen examines his compulsion for material objects and his belief that the right clothes could bring him happiness. But after a trip hiking the mountains of Colorado, he makes a change in his lifestyle.

Fall Lab 2016
Identity
Forever Young
"Forever Young" by Janil Santana
5:05

Forever Young

Remember those days when life was care-free? A young woman writes a letter to childhood, telling it not to leave her because she is not ready for adulthood.

Mentor: Nicole Opper

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
From Flatbush To Prince Street
"From Flatbush To Prince Street" by Khalid Riley
6:09

From Flatbush To Prince Street

A group of teens take you on their journey to a neighborhood not far from their own to witness a sense of culture where they fit in and feel more accepted.

Identity
Frontiers
Frontiers By Kristine Hoessel
9:19

Frontiers

Kristine goes on a journey to find a place where she truly belongs, taking with her a familiar book.

Identity
Generation Bengali
"Generation Bengali" By Saqif Bhuiyan
5:03

Generation Bengali

Being born into a Bengali family, filmmaker Saqif Bhuiyan struggles with identifying his individuality. How do you break the mold when you feel so trapped by your parent’s expectations?

Spring 2011

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Get Real
"Get Real" by Douglas Worthen
6:46

Get Real

Doug dreams of being a professional musician, but there are some major obstacles: finding the discipline and motivation to make it while somehow gaining his mom’s approval.

Mentor: Frankie Reyes

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Girl In Progress
"Girl In Progress" by Tayana Brumaire
7:11

Girl In Progress

Shy people have feelings too you know.   Tayana takes us into a quiet girl’s world, as she navigates a society that forgets that a woman of substance is far more appealing than one who is physically and socially “perfect.”

Mentor: Zhanna Bubnova

Identity
God Is A Forest
"God Is A Forest" by Elaina Kristine Crokett
11:59

God Is A Forest

At what age can you be truly committed to a religion? God is a Forest shares the views of teens of different religious beliefs.

Identity
Happy Ending
"Happy Ending" By Chris Irrizarry
11:15

Happy Ending

Chris dreams of reuniting with his mom and step-dad, both recovering addicts living in Philadelphia. But when he visits them for the first time in three years, he discovers that some hurts can never be healed.

Fall 2003

Drugs & Abuse
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Heart & Hustle
"Heart & Hustle" by Jerry Gomez
9:03

Heart & Hustle

A baseball coach provides love and fathering to his young players to prepare them for life beyond the diamond.

Mentor: Adam Bryant

Identity
Hopeful Home
"Hopeful Home" By Ryan Bethune
7:56

Hopeful Home

This film is about Ryan’s family’s experience in a homeless shelter when they moved back to New York after his grandmother died.

 

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Society & Politics
It's More Than Dancing
It's More Than Dancing by Luckny Jacques
6:05

It's More Than Dancing

Luckny Jacques has always been enamored with street dancers. In this profile of two particular high school street dancers, Luckny shows us why and how he relates to them more you would think.

Fall 2012

Identity
Jhovanny The Movie
"Jhovanny The Movie" by Jhovanny Bisono
7:40

Jhovanny The Movie

Jhovanny has wrestled with himself since the first grade, whether it was to be perfect at whatever he did, or battling with depression. This film examines, hope in the face of sorrow – and the courage it takes to live a happy life.

Mentor: Dami Aainni

Identity
Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
"Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
5:18

Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up

Getting bullied in school is always painful, but Cheyenne endured the cruelty of her classmates by relying on the love of those who know her best, family and friends.

Mentor: Cristian Rossel

 

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
KEY-Ping Hope
KEY-Ping Hope by Helen Wong
6:36

KEY-Ping Hope

In this portrait of a club, Helen shows us the merits and accomplishments of Key Club and how helping others helped her get through a rough point in her own life.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Kill the Hype NYC
"Kill the Hype NYC" by Alain Pierre
9:26

Kill the Hype NYC

Fall 2012

Identity
Legend of Christina: Single Player
"Legend of Christina: Single Player" by Kimani Williams
7:23

Legend of Christina: Single Player

Everyone longs to be part of a community, and in today’s day and age, many communities are actually virtual. Follow Kimani as she introduces us to a real gamer, and takes us into the world of fantasy and escape.

Mentor: Sarah Porter

Identity
Leslie
Leslie by Ethan Stark-Miller
7:58

Leslie

A portrait of a neighborhood boxing instructor who inspires his students to be more than they’re capable of.

Fall 2012

Identity
Life Ain't Promised
"Life Ain't Promised" by Dimitri Tucker
9:08

Life Ain't Promised

Dimitri Tucker Directed By
Dimitri Tucker

A film inspired by the deaths of two people close to the filmmaker. A devastating look at the senselessness of gun violence and the people it leaves behind.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Life Under Construction
"Life Under Construction" By Karim Alexander
6:28

Life Under Construction

Karim hoped that moving to the US would solve all his problems. He soon discovered that changing one’s location isn’t the solution; it’s about staying true to yourself, maintaining a desire to learn and develop, and believing that things can always get better.

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Immigration
Life Under Construction
"Life Under Construction" By Karim Alexander
6:28

Life Under Construction

Karim hoped that moving to the US would solve all his problems. He soon discovered that changing one’s location isn’t the solution; it’s about staying true to yourself, maintaining a desire to learn and develop, and believing that things can always get better.

Spring 2012

Identity
Immigration
Living in Cinema
"Living in Cinema" by Alex Casimir
8:28

Living in Cinema

Alex Casimir Directed by
Alex Casimir

Living life can be fun especially if you

embrace the fantastic. Alex talks about his love for film, and his desire to be a director.

Mentor: Luke Francy

 

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Los Fuertes
"Los Fuertes" by Catherine Cruz
7:07

Los Fuertes

What makes a strong woman? Catherine takes us into her world, where strength and love have helped her and her family members overcome difficult challenges.

Mentor: Emily Batista (Fall 2011 Lab)

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Losing Home
Losing Home by Zhamoyani McMillan
2:57

Losing Home

Zhamoyani deals with the struggles of losing his home, and having to adjust to a new gentrified area.

Identity
Man's Best Friend
"Man's Best Friend" by Mitchell Davis
5:54

Man's Best Friend

Mitchell Davis Directed by
Mitchell Davis

A film about the relationship people have with their dogs that discusses dog life in New York City.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Maybe Another Time
Maybe Another Time by Kenya Del Carpio, Harry Flax and Erin Flynn
7:57

Maybe Another Time

Description: A young woman learns her best friend’s well kept secret: her mom suffers from an untreated mental illness.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Minds in the Closet
"Minds in the Closet" by Justice Allen
9:28

Minds in the Closet

Justice Allen Directed By
Justice Allen

Justice grew up in the predominantly Caribbean neighborhood of East Flatbush. He noticed an overwhelming sense of homophobia in his community and journeyed out to find the reason why.

Fall 2010

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Sex & Relationships
Multifaceted
Multifaceted by James Hoffman
7:26

Multifaceted

My film is about the way people wear masks in society to hide their emotions and how their upbringing and parents may have affected that. Mentor: Bradley Kaye.

Fall 2005

Identity
My Skin
"My Skin" by Emily Batista
6:54

My Skin

Emily Batista was born with a rare skin disorder that caused her to grow up experiencing bullying, shame and profound depression. Surrounded by love from her family, and friends she has been able to turn that pain into strength – as she shares with us what it’s like to live in her own skin.

Fall 2011

Equality & Discrimination
F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Never As It Seems
Never As It Seems by Osarugue “Osa” Adu
8:15

Never As It Seems

A young artist in a prestigious performing arts high school struggles to understand where she belongs.

Identity
Spring 2017 Lab Documentaries
New Youth
"New Youth" By Yasha Gruben
9:01

New Youth

A filmmaker documents a culture of partying and excess among privileged NYC teens – where easy access to drugs and alcohol can be a trap from which not everyone escapes.

Fall 2009

Drugs & Abuse
Identity
Nigger
"Nigger" By Jermaine Williams
5:41

Nigger

A word of hate or term of endearment? Like many young African American teens, Jermaine used the word every day. Then, in the summer of 2003, he traveled down south and met people for whom nigger will never be just another word.

 

 

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
No Cinderella Story
"No Cinderella Story" By Michael Keenan
8:11

No Cinderella Story

No Cinderella Story explores the casual sexuality and longing for romance among teenagers in Staten Island.

Spring 2004

Identity
Sex & Relationships
No Compromise
No Compromise by Nathael Jean Louis
10:31

No Compromise

A high school student in search of where he belongs is tempted to fall into the wrong crowd. When his mother and a friend from church confront him, he is forced to make a choice.

Identity
Narrative Lab 2017
On My Way
"On My Way" by Faith Robinson
8:05

On My Way

Faith has dreams of one day moving to California for college. She dreams of becoming an actress, director, and producer, but will he family stand in the way of that dream?

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
On The Terrace Of A Thousand Suns
"On The Terrace Of A Thousand Suns" by Luca Balser
9:28

On The Terrace Of A Thousand Suns

A visual poem that illustrates a young girls fragile inner life through a repeated, metaphoric action.

Mentor:  Tony Gerber

Identity
Pigeon-Holed
Pigeon-Holed by Daphne Parkhill
8:44

Pigeon-Holed

An exploration of the positive and negative effects that labels have on queer youth.

Identity
Spring 2017 Lab Documentaries
Playing with the other Tigers
"Playing with the other Tigers" By Zach Lennon-Simon
10:38

Playing with the other Tigers

“Playing with the Other Tiger” is the story of two friends, one who is Muslim and one who is half-Jewish, who stayed friends because they never realized that they were different from one another. Through conversations with the two friends the film explores how these two friends stayed friends even after everything that happened in the world.

Spring 2007

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Poetry in Motion
Poetry in Motion by Demetreis Bankhead
6:41

Poetry in Motion

A poet struggles to find his serenity, while coping with the stresses of daily life.

Identity
Spring 2017 Lab Documentaries
Pop Culture
"Pop Culture" by Jacinto Romero
7:10

Pop Culture

This film breaks the surface American popular culture. It questions the American preoccupation with “being in the know” and “glitz and glam” lifestyles. Why is it so easy to get “caught up”?

Identity
Por Amor
Por Amor by Kenya Del Carpio
7:23

Por Amor

By talking to her grand parents and mother, Kenya Del Carpio discusses the generational differences in her family and in their expectations for her.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Ripple
"Ripple" by Kendra Williams
8:33

Ripple

Does the election of Barack Obama as president in 2008 mean that the struggle for civil rights is over? A young filmmaker talks to veteran civil rights activists about their fight for equality and their sense of how the struggle continues to this day.

Mentor: Niknaz Tavakolian

Identity
Root of Friendship
Root of Friendship by Iyuhna Callands
6:55

Root of Friendship

Root Of FriendShip

Identity
Rouge Blood
"Rouge Blood" by Stephanie Cherng
9:30

Rouge Blood

Stephanie Cherng Directed By
Stephanie Cherng

A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Run
Run by Joey
6:31

Run

A young man suffers from an eating disorder while his mom struggles to accept the truth about her son’s illness.

2015 Master Lab Films
Identity
Schmeducation
"Scmeducation" by Max Bayarsky
9:28

Schmeducation

A student skeptical of the education he has undertaken, filmmaker Max Bayarsky interviews subjects that may be able to enlighten him with reasons as to why school is so important.

Mentor: Carl Deal

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Scrolii
"Scrolii" by Vanessa Bateau
5:36

Scrolii

After a regular doctor’s visit, my life was changed forever.  I was diagnosed with Scoliosis.  But what I imagined would be the end of everything for me, eventually turned into a new beginning.

Mentor: David Franklin

Identity
Self Internal
"Self Internal" by Rachel Adkins
6:48

Self Internal

This is Rachel’s attempt to answer the question of who people are and what identity means. This is the story of one aspect of her life – her bi-racial identity – and how it prompted her to question identity in general, figure out who she really is and what people really mean when they say who they are.

Mentor: Ann Husanini

Identity
Shahalam and I
"Shahalam and I" By Kamilah Badiane
4:06

Shahalam and I

People don’t get autism. The media portrays autistic people as slow and “special,” but Kamilah knows different. She shares her brother’s goals and dreams to help people understand that he isn’t so different from other kids his age.

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Shh...Bitch
"Shh...Bitch" by Naomi Lynch
7:11

Shh...Bitch

Whats in a word? If the word is bitch there is the power to hurt and demean women.
Filmmaker Noami Lynch explores how one word can affect people and how she learned to reclaim it for herself and use it for her own empowerment.

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Simply Untitled
"Simply Untitled" by Dejon Isaiah Reed
8:03

Simply Untitled

There comes a time where expressing one’s feelings becomes so impossible that it builds up inside you causing you pain. Simply Untitled takes you on a journey through teenage depression.

 

Identity
Still Figuring It Out
Still Figuring It Out by Devin Halbal
6:48

Still Figuring It Out

In finding a shirt to wear, a young man discovers the courage to explore his identity, stand up to his brother, and find the support he needs.

Identity
Narrative Lab 2017
Stop And Frisk: The Conversation
Stop And Frisk: The Conversation by Jasper Briggs
6:24

Stop And Frisk: The Conversation

A conversation about Stop and Frisk that poses the question: is there any good that comes out of this polarizing policy?

Fall 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Story Of The Sticks
Story Of The Sticks by Josh Charles
4:10

Story Of The Sticks

On a chair, walking down the street, sitting at a desk: anywhere is a good enough place for Josh Charles to practice what he loves to do best.

Fall 2012

Identity
Strength
"Strength" by Asta Cummings
5:37

Strength

Asta Cummings Directed by
Asta Cummings

A film about a young woman who fights to overcome her struggles of being born with Cerebral Palsy as well as coping with the death of her mother.

Fall 2012

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Stronghearted
"Stronghearted" by Rafael Valez
10:56

Stronghearted

A young man with Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) goes on a journey to learn the truth of his condition and how ends up not being scared anymore.

Mentor: Maria Gambale

Identity
Superstar
Superstar by Naiquan Greene
6:20

Superstar

Naiquan has many dreams… being a writer, actor, filmmaker and possibly a singer. This is a film about Naiquan’s family not realizing their dreams and him not wanting to follow that path. Naiquan will accomplish his dreams, because he’s a “Superstar”.

Fall 2005

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Survivor of Twins
"Survivor of Twins" By Cassandra Lu
8:04

Survivor of Twins

Cassandra’s elementary school was in the shadow of the twin towers on 9-11. She and her family recount the horror of that day and their desperate search for each other – a trauma that has never quite left them.

Identity
Society & Politics
Swinging for the Fences
"Swinging for the Fences" by Joey Schweitzer
8:34

Swinging for the Fences

Joey loved playing baseball, until an injury changed the way he looked at the game, and his own identity.

Mentor: Joe Muto

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Age Of Me
"The Age Of Me" by Faith Christian
7:49

The Age Of Me

Everyone tells Faith she’s mature, but they don’t know the reasons why: she has had to contend with more in her 15 years than many people face in a lifetime.

Mentor: Aleks Gezentsvey (Fall 2003 Lab)

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang
"The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang" By Scott Tsang
5:00

The Amazing Life of Scott Tsang

Stricken with a brain tumor at six, Scott lost both his parents by thirteen. His philosophy of life? You’ll be inspired.

Spring 2002

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Art of Life
The Art of Life by Izzy Longo
6:31

The Art of Life

In an attempt to escape her reality, a young girl draws two friends who magically come to life.

2015 Master Lab Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Beauty of the Rose
The Beauty of the Rose by Michael Cummings
8:52

The Beauty of the Rose

It’s hard enough to be a good dancer. What does it take to be a true artist?

Identity
Spring 2017 Lab Documentaries
The Chase
"The Chase" By Akino Roseman
6:44

The Chase

Are you living your life or do you just exist? This is the question that Akino Roseman asks in this thought provoking documentary.

Fall 2012

Identity
The Color of Love
"The Color of Love" by Zakiyyah Bowles
8:12

The Color of Love

Do we still see race before anything else? A young woman explores the concept of miscegenation and if people still consider it a crime in this modern time.

 

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
The Family Three
"The Family Three" By Roshanna Paul
8:48

The Family Three

Sixteen-year-old Roshanna is deeply committed to her sister and mother, three women living alone in Brooklyn New York. Their connection is their creativity, and the love they share for the arts and one another.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
The Girl Behind The Screen
"The Girl Behind The Screen" By Kai Whyte
8:34

The Girl Behind The Screen

Confessions of a 15 year old girl that has stolen online identities for over four years. She has finally decided to come clean.

Identity
Sex & Relationships
The Inside Of The Inside
"The Inside Of The Inside" by Olivia Spencer
5:47

The Inside Of The Inside

Unable to grasp on to a solid idea for her film, filmmaker Olivia Spencer realizes the potential in making a film about her experiences in making a documentary.

 

Identity
Tough Guise
"Tough Guise" by Margaret Korn
6:24

Tough Guise

Coming to the realization that you are gay can be difficult for a young man or, but allowing yourself to live an open life style is harder still. This film looks at one young man’s story as he decides how to live his life both privately and publicly.

Mentor: Lam Vo

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Trio from the Industrial Elite
"Trio from the Industrial Elite" by Vlada Pimenova
8:15

Trio from the Industrial Elite

Vlada Pimenova Directed By
Vlada Pimenova

An exploration of the inhumane practices of three major industries. What if the victims looked and sounded a bit more like us? Would we better understand their pain? Would we want to do more to help?

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Society & Politics
Under The Pants
"Under The Pants" by Jaden Baird
9:38

Under The Pants

Jaden Baird Directed by
Jaden Baird

Under the Pants answers the question, “Why do males sag their pants and why do they like it so much?” Answers from people of all walks of life make this documentary lighthearted while still informing others about this trend.

Identity
Sex & Relationships
Was It All Worth It
Was It All Worth It by Jharol Aguirre
10:32

Was It All Worth It

The story of a journey and how the obstacles and limitations created by that exact journey have shaped who I am.

Identity
What I Learned In Retail
What I Learned In Retail by Chelsi Apawa
4:00

What I Learned In Retail

Chelsi works with her dad in a jewelry store. In her film, she tells us what it’s like and the things we can learn about people by working for customer service.

Spring 2013

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
What You Lose
"What You Lose" By Patricia Henry
7:27

What You Lose

In todays society, sex is everywhere. Teenagers face it on a daily basis and the pressures to “do it” only grow over time. As a virgin, I question what changes will occur after losing my virginity. And when exactly is the “right” age to have sex?

Fall 2006

Identity
Sex & Relationships
When Satire Goes Bad
"When Satire Goes Bad" by Rebecca Kaplan
9:15

When Satire Goes Bad

“When Satire Goes Bad” is a story about two jokes, one that didn’t get printed, and another that offended so many people it gained the attention of media across the country. Through conversations with professional comedians and high school kids, the film explores the depths of offensive humor. It attempts to answer a simple question: When does satire go bad?

Identity
Society & Politics
Work In Progress
"Work In Progress" by Mercedes Ortiz
4:35

Work In Progress

While on the verge of dropping out of high school, filmmaker Mercedes Ortiz struggles with aspirations to be free and live her life. She then asks herself, how will she do just that?

Identity
Animated Dream
Animated Dream by Nathael Jean Louis
6:54

Animated Dream

There are a lot of obstacles in life and many will try to kill your dream.  At times like this it is good to think about what makes you happy in life, and happiness will provide you with enough strength to overcome any obstacles.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Black and White
"Black and White" By Jakhi Sidberry
4:53

Black and White

Being from Brownsville means dealing with people’s assumptions about Brownsville and the young people that live there.

Mentor: Francis Agyapong

Identity
Bully Me
Bully Me by Louric Rankine
6:30

Bully Me

Louric struggles with issues of confidence and in the process is confronted by a monster — bulimia. In this horror story, Louric battles this monster in order to gain back the person he was again. 

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Who Am I?
Who Am I? by Poyshel Chowdhury
3:42

Who Am I?

Sometimes diversity can lead to feelings of isolation. A young man struggles to fit until he discovers a new community through basketball.

Fall Lab 2016
Identity
Enough
Enougn by Britini Robinson
6:18

Enough

Britini shows how bullying can start off small and become serious.  Through telling her story Britini wants to reach out to others to tell other kids they are not alone, and encourage them to stand up and fight back. 

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
What If
What If by Danxian Liu
4:58

What If

A young woman recounts the struggles of moving from one place to another and its impact on friendships. Now settled in Brooklyn, she explores the importance of building and maintaining friendships.

Fall Lab 2016
Identity
The Evolution of Hezekiah
The Evolution of Hezekiah by Hezekiah De La Rosa
7:33

The Evolution of Hezekiah

How art made me who I am today and how anyone can do anything and fulfill anything if you put your brain into it.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Hero
Hero by Alexis Lisa Rivera
6:04

Hero

Alexis’ love for movies encouraged her to be a hero, but conflicts at home taught her you can’t save everyone. Alexis learned that instead of being a hero to everyone else, she needed to be a hero to herself.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Black Sheep
Black Sheep by Camryn Mina
8:17

Black Sheep

What does it mean to be a black girl from Bed-Stuy attending an exclusive NYC private school? A filmmaker examines her own experiences and those of girls in similar situations, knowing that not only are they stepping into a different school, they’re stepping into a different world.

Fall Lab 2016
Identity
Pursuing Happiness
"Pursuing Happiness" By Rondlin Florveus
7:41

Pursuing Happiness

Striving to be an artist from Canarsie can be more than an ambition, but a political statement about racial equality, education and access to the arts.

Mentor: Andrew Mambo

Identity
Straight Outta Bicycles
Straight Outta Bicycles by Johnny Quizhpi
6:05

Straight Outta Bicycles

As the struggles of life tries to hold him back, Johnny finds his passion for bikes and creates a new beginning of adventures and happiness.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
What Makes Black People Black?
What Makes Black People Black? by Eli Lutale
6:38

What Makes Black People Black?

What Makes Black People Black? is a visual essay tackling the subject of Black identity and its relationship with media. This film provides a critical look at stereotypes, misrepresentation and police brutality through the eyes of an adolescent.

Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Society & Politics

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